Donating to the Library
While we are a public library, we are a private institution that relies on community support to provide our broad range of programs and resources for free. The Library is dependent on private donations for the majority of our annual budget. We gratefully accept support in many ways:
Funding from the State and local government covers only 35% of our yearly operating costs. The Annual Fund accounts for over a third of the Library budget each year. Our annual appeal goes a long way to help make certain we can maintain our services and expand materials available to the community.
If you would like to send us a one-time monetary donation online, please
Stocks and Securities
A transfer of stocks or securities can be of benefit to both the donor and the Library. If you are interested in making a donation in the form of stocks or securities, please call 860-535-0658 or email email@example.com for current transfer instructions.
Corporate Matching Gifts
Matching gifts from your employer are a great way to make your gift go further. If your employer offers matching funds, we encourage you to contact them about the process when making a gift to the Library.
We invite you to become a Library Sustainer by joining our recurring gift program. This way of giving allows you to set up a secure, easily updated, recurring schedule of giving to the Annual Fund at a level that is comfortable to you and without the need to remember to mail a check to the Library.
The Library benefits from sustained giving because we are able to spend more of your dollars on direct library-related programs and services and less on mailing to ask for a contribution. Additionally, it provides us with a predictable and consistent source of revenue that helps us in making budgetary decisions.
How it works:
- Choose how much and how often you want to give - You can choose Annually, Quarterly, Semi-Annually, or Monthly
- Your credit/debit card will be charged each giving cycle on the same day as your first gift
- Your monthly credit/debit card statements will serve as your receipts
- We will send you a statement each January detailing your total donations from the previous calendar year
- You can call 860-535-0658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org whenever you want to change or stop your recurring gift
Babcock Phelps Society
The Board of Trustees recently established The Babcock - Phelps Society, named for the Library building's two founding donors. This Society recognizes individuals who have chosen to remember the Stonington Free Library in their Wills or other estate planning documents. Bequests to the Library are invested in our endowment fund which is important to ensure that the Library is able to meet our long-term financial needs, especially during times of economic downturns. This type of support ensures the Library is here for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.
If you have already made such a provision, please let us know so that we can recognize your generosity. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Babcock-Phelps Society, and would like more information, please contact us.